The book traces the continuity and resilience of a system of thought based on the idea of a God-given hierarchical order to be defended against any social contract and modernizing relativization. It explains in detail how today a diverse movement which includes actors ranging from the authoritarian Bolsonaro wing to economic liberals to the military to both Catholic and evangelical religious conservatives assumes unanimously the ideas of this tradition as underlying premises of their political action. Though not always explicitly, this drives the self-declared liberal-conservative but rather anti-modernist reaction which claims to liberate an imaginary authentic Brazil from an aberrant State and in so doing intends to preserve inherited privilege in an extremely unequal society.
Brazil, Land of the Past scrutinizes the ideological roots of the so-called New Right in Brazil.
Winks work goes to the bottom of the intellectual and religious roots of Brazils main reactionary tropes and ideologues. His book sheds much needed light on the democratic crisis in contemporary Brazil. José Szwako, professor at the Institute of Social and Political Studies, State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ).This seminal book uncovers the ideological thread connecting past and present political reaction in Brazil. The quest for implementing a natural order emanated from God himself, in which rulers and ruled are separated by insurmountable inequalities, goes hand in hand with the coloniality of power. Ricardo Pagliuso Regatieri, professor of sociology at Federal University of Bahia (UFBA).